I was going to write something about Sarah Palin’s shocking decision to forgo what would have been a brief, doomed and probably catastrophic stint as a GOP presidential candidate in favor of preserving both the modest illusion of substance and her very real and immodest income stream.
Then I stopped in at my pal Schmutzie’s place and saw that whatever I had to say is being better and much, much more sincerely said at the Conservatives4Palin website in this comment thread. Schmutzie singled out several comments, each more bizarre than the next; this is one of the saner ones.
To me, there was Ronald Reagan, and then there was Sarah Palin.
There was nobody else in-between, and nobody else since.
Somebody said, her time would be better to run in 2020.
Her children would be older and more settled on their own.
Sarah not running for president is life altering for me, and maybe all of us.
I don’t know if maybe I should not comment for a couple of days, or what, until I calm down a little.
I have deleted several messages before posting them tonight.
I’m getting through the ‘denial’ stage now, and starting with the ‘anger’ stage I guess. I’m certainly not angry at her or anything in particular. I don’t know what I’m angry about. I just am. Sooner or later I’ll get to the ‘acceptance’ stage and offer help with a new plan to save our country for our cubs.
God bless all the Palins, all the Palinistas, and God bless America.
Idolatry, free-floating anger and anxiety. Yum! Anyway, it’s almost hibernation time; sack out with the cubs for a few months and things will look better come the Spring and the sun and the salmon.
Even the press are bored with Palin now, finally, which may be why she phoned her decision in to second string reactionary radio host Mark Levin. It’ll be semi-interesting to see how successful she is at getting TeeVee face time during the next year. The less crazy the eventual nominee brings, the better her chances. I wish I still knew some reporters so I could send them over to look at the Palin worshippers.
Also, just wondering: does Herman Cain’s success in tandem with Michelle Bachmann’s failure mean that the far right are more sexist than racist?
Even though everyone (other than the exceptions noted) knew Palin wasn’t running and would never anyway attract the kind of support that the two heavyweight pretenders—New Jersey’s Chris Christie and Indiana’s Mitch Daniels (who I met a few times; have I mentioned that?)—might have done, her official exit apparently means that the money people can start taking Mitt Romney seriously.
How would that feel? to know that the reason people are giving you the nod is that an ill-tempered half-term governor declined to step up? Probably not too bad, upon consideration. You’re there and he’s not, and the billionaires are taking your calls.
One of them, Meg Whitman, wants to be Romney’s pick for vice president. Whitman is best know for spending close to $150 million of her own money on the opportunity to get creamed by Jerry Brown in the 2010 California gubernatorial election—that’s more than $10 million for each percentage point she gave up to Brown, who spent about $140 million less than she did, in the general election. Now Whitman is offering Romney’s campaign the same charm and political savvy that earned her the epic California beatdown.
But her money’s green and there’s lots of it, and she would probably settle for an ambassadorship or a cabinet post; secretary of labor, maybe. Somewhere she could put her legendary people skills to good use.
Ron Paul! Ron Paul has been pretty quiet lately. This is in part because the press refuse to give him his due. Paul supporters constantly complain about the short shrift afforded him, and the press always respond by saying that he doesn’t have a shot at winning the nomination so why bother. Which is true, but it’s also true of almost everyone they do cover, Sarah Palin being one case in point. Can anyone seriously argue that her policy proposals, where comprehensible, are less bizarre than Paul’s?
On some large issues—the futility of empire and endless war being one of them—Paul’s positions are considerably closer to majority ones than anyone else in the GOP field (or the Democratic one, for that matter). On others, of course, he’s a lonely, lonely man, but … Michelle Bachmann? Rick Perry? And is anyone out there other than a few dozen reporters carrying a torch for Newt Gingrich the way many people do for Paul?
After much agonizing and many deliberative late nights, we here at BTC News have finally agreed upon our endorsement for the 2012 GOP presidential nominee. He’s a proven winner, astonishingly resilient, a foreign policy wizard—an arena in which the rest of the field are woefully deficient—and unafraid to explore radical solutions to economic woes.
Yes, we’re talking about Richard M. Nixon. We’ll have much more on this soon.